Talking Body Positivity: with Sarah Tyrell

As girls, it feels like we are pre-conditioned to be incredibly hard on ourselves. The pressure to be better is exhausting, and we are bombarded with thousands of images every day of people whose relationships, jobs, homes and bodies are “perfect”. Instagram is a great way to keep up with the world around us, but

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Algebra for life? Hardly….

We all learn algebra in school, and some of us wonder what use it serves for our life. Pythagoras’ theorem is cute, sure, but when will we ever actually need it? Well, here’s an equation which we think actually holds the key to life. E + R = O There it is! Simple really. Here’s

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Glee’s Most Emosh Tearjerkers 😢😢😢

If you’re a fan of music, a fan of emotions and a fan of diversity and inclusion, you’re probably already half way through the six seasons of Glee which landed on Netflix recently. The TV show, which launched in 2009 really changed the face of TV in terms of representation, and some of the musical

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Do You Like Likes Too Much?

We don’t know when or how it happened, it kinda snuck up on us. Life used to be about living wild and free, pursuing freedom, happiness, love and contentment. Now its pretty much all about pursuing those likes. Did you ever hear the saying, “If a tree falls in a forest and no one is around to hear it, does

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‘Little Big Lies’, My Thoughts: By Libby

I don’t know about you guys but I’ve recently gotten hooked on the show Big Little Lies, which follows the lives of seemingly perfect mothers and their families. I really wanted to write about this show for The Shona Project because I think there’s so many messages that we, as girls, can take from it.

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Therapy…what you need to know: By Niamh

Having recently attended my first personal therapy session, I wanted to share with all you lovely ladies and let anyone know who is struggling that it’s ok not to be ok (cliché) and that reaching out for help is really brave! This post isn’t going to be about me and my first therapy session. It’s

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What is Gaslighting?

Gaslighting is a type of abusive behaviour where a person uses subtle and not-so subtle mind control techniques to make another doubt their own reality and feel that they cannot trust their own perceptions. It takes its name from a 1938 play (and its film adaptations) called Gaslight, where a charming husband slowly makes his new

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How To Recover From Heartbreak 💔💔

Ah love, what a dose. When its good its good, and when its bad it sucks. Bess Myerson said… “to fall in love is awfully simple, but to fall out of love is simply awful.” We’ve all been there Bess, keep the faith. If you’re currently nursing a broken heart, we know how much you

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PRIDE WEEK 🌈🌈🌈 Are You What You Wear? By Katie

Clothes. We use clothes to express ourselves. There is also reason to believe that what we wear and, whether or not we feel comfortable in what we wear contributes to our overall mood, expression and mental health. Scientists call this phenomenon ‘enclothed cognition’. On average, it takes someone about 7 seconds to form an impression

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PRIDE WEEK 🌈: 8 Shows with kickass Queer Lady Representation

Admittedly, I’m not much of a TV lover, it’s a lot of commitment, I’m impatient and would much prefer to watch ten films rather than a TV series. But alas, TV in the last few years has had some quality representation of the WLW variety. Here are some of my top picks: Supergirl (CW/DC Comics:

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PRIDE WEEK 🌈: A chat through transition with Alexandra Day

A large part of the LGBTQ* community but one that is often silenced is the ever-growing transgender community, or trans for short. Trans people often face more oppression that other members of the community with threats of sexual assault and physical violence looming over the very existence of these people. The often unaccepting social atmosphere

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PRIDE WEEK 🌈: What does being non-binary feel like?

Sometimes it’s like being invisible. Watching as eyes pass over you, or even stare through you, without ever focusing properly. Brushing your fingers over the spines of books that have magic and dragons but no one who feels like you. Scrolling through Netflix with much the same result. Filling out forms with two options: MALE

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PRIDE WEEK 🌈: Top 10 Films for Queer Ladies

Pride is this weekend, and we have been taken over by Alana for this week, who will providing us with education and inspiration from the LGBT+ community. As we know, representation is important, so today she shares her top 10 movies for LGBT ladies x Closets are lonely places with lots of dark corners that

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Hey, Its okay to be fragile: By Megan

  I’m not gonna lie, I’m kinda glad May is over. Not because it is now officially summer, exams are over and the weather’s getting better. But because May was Mental Health Awareness Month. Me saying this sounds quite hypocritical; I like to spread awareness on mental health issues and have done so for the

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I Survived The Leaving Cert! By Katie

Since 12:30 on Thursday 13th June, the birds started singing and the sun began to shine once again for me. My very last leaving cert exam had finished (I hope!). As I walked out of the school doors one last time, I felt an immense weight being lifted from my shoulders. I consider myself quite

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Is Online Counselling Right for Me?

Do you think you might need to speak to someone about your mental health? Today, we hear from Lorraine Hackett, who is a counsellor with My Mind about what options are available… Counselling (and psychotherapy, which is longer term and more in-depth, but similar to counselling) is a good step if you feel that you

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Lesbian Is My Label, Not My Box: By Isobel

Burst down these closet doors once and for all, and stand up and start to fight – Harvey Milk  Ladies, gents and non-binary friends, welcome to the gayest article you may ever read. It is pride month, and as such I am currently basking in the rainbow-hued light that June seems to emit. My name is Isobel Tiernan, I am sixteen

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What’s a ‘Normal’ Family Anyway?

If you follow us on Instagram (and why wouldn’t you?) you’ll know that we’ve been having serious chats over there lately about what “Normal” families look like, and hearing stories from readers whose family dynamic has changed over the years, or who don’t have the traditional “Mom and Dad” set up. Human science describes a

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